Dental extractions are utilized when a tooth is traumatized, broken, decayed, or very loose from gum disease, and the dentist must decide if this tooth is damaged beyond repair. If this situation arises, the tooth must be removed to prevent infection from spreading to the bloodstream. This removal is called an extraction.
Call us at 303-776-4090 to schedule an appointment for a dental extraction.
Other Reasons for Dental Extractions
There are numerous other reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted.
- People undergoing treatment with braces may need teeth extracted to create room for the teeth being moved into place.
- Some people have extra teeth that block other teeth from coming in.
- Sometimes baby teeth don’t fall out in time to allow the permanent teeth to come in.
- People receiving radiation therapy in the head and neck area for cancer therapy may need to have the teeth extracted in the field of the radiation. This is due to the loss of salivary glands in the area.
- People undergoing chemotherapy sometimes develop infected teeth because these drugs weaken the immune system. Chemotherapy also affects the salivary glands causing dry mouth, which increases the acid level in the mouth and can cause cavities. Sometimes these teeth need to be extracted.
- People undergoing organ transplants sometimes have to have teeth extracted that may be a source of infection. People who have organ transplants have to take anti-rejection drugs, which lower the immune system.
- Wisdom teeth, which dentists call third molars, are often extracted during teenage years due to lack of room or are severely tipped forward. Because of how far back in the mouth that third molars are located, they are difficult to clean and are more susceptible to decay and periodontal disease. Adults sometimes have to have these teeth extracted due to this problem.
- If you are seeing a dentist on a regular basis, other than trauma and third molars, extractions should be able to be avoided.